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November 22

If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes

I'm looking for all the places that claim to have the weather change every 5 minutes. [more inside]
posted by olya to Writing & Language at 4:46 PM - 74 answers

Why did pioneers think it was a good idea to settle in Buffalo?

Not meant to be snarky on Buffalo per se-I wonder this about most cold places- but why did the people who settled Buffalo think it would be a good idea to live there permanently? [more inside]
posted by the foreground to Society & Culture at 3:10 PM - 23 answers

Two parts woo, one part science.

Crunchy parents and their untraditional opinions make me worry for the safety of my kid and theirs. Could my kid's health be in danger? How do I let go of my judgement and make friends? [more inside]
posted by peasandcarrots to Human Relations at 1:30 PM - 33 answers

Cold snap, paint stinks

We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?
posted by chimpsonfilm to Home & Garden at 12:09 PM - 4 answers

Which competitive family games are fun to play noncompetively?

My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:04 AM - 16 answers

What's that darn river called?

I read a while ago about a stretch in a particular river that's very dangerous because it's very narrow and looks calm, while in actuality it's extremely fast and deep. People try to cross it, or they get in, and boom. That's it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I've utterly failed at googling, and for some reason it's really bothering me. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! to Science & Nature at 8:20 AM - 3 answers

November 21

There's marketing consultant in my career coach!

Finally able to describe what I do in a way; now I need to sell it. What person do I hire in order to create a message that makes sense to people who hire people with weird yet valuable talent? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver to Work & Money at 7:38 PM - 6 answers

How and where to get special training for a dog?

Is it possible to get a dog trained to help someone who suffers from episodes of dementia? Specifically, could a dog be trained to help someone who will go for walks without their shoes, keys etc., ending up lost and unsure of how they got there? [more inside]
posted by keeo to Pets & Animals at 6:18 PM - 2 answers

What is this contraption attached to the ceiling of our balcony?

That's it really... New apartment + unknown object. Picture here. Can we take it down and put up a hanging chair/potted plants/hammock or something? Thanks!
posted by jrobin276 to Grab Bag at 12:21 PM - 5 answers

Pls help this new mama transition back to work after first baby

Just had my first baby, in my very late 30s...yay! I took four months off once the baby came. Before the baby came, some major things happened - i got promoted to supervise my team at work -- and my mom passed away suddenly. Additionally, I had a complication with the pregnancy and ended up going on maternity leave a month early. So, before I left for maternity leave, I was not exactly 100% at work and while my boss was understanding, I may have not made the best first impression in this new position. (questions inside) [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien to Work & Money at 11:38 AM - 15 answers

For varying definitons of "upset" and "piano"

My favorite musical genre boils down to "upset women with pianos." Where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine to Media & Arts at 11:30 AM - 43 answers

I don't speak German!

I'm looking for a copy of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations that isn't in the en face format (German on one page, English translation on the other). I had a straight Anscombe translation in college but have since lost it. Any ideas? Everything I've seen on Amazon is the en face. Thanks for your help!
posted by stinkfoot to Religion & Philosophy at 10:55 AM - 3 answers

Best time of year to hike the Lake District?

My husband and I are thinking of taking an anniversary/delayed honeymoon trip to the UK, and going on one of the semi-packaged Lake District hikes (where you hike from inn to inn and they trundle your baggage to the next inn for you). I'm getting conflicting information about the best month to do this. Data points inside. [more inside]
posted by missrachael to Travel & Transportation at 9:03 AM - 8 answers

Help deciphering old-timey coroner's inquest?

I'm trying to transcribe an old-time coroner's inquest and, between the cursive script and the medical terms, I'm having difficulty with some words. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana to Grab Bag at 8:11 AM - 8 answers

Ideas for Thanksgiving-themed cocktail party food?

I am hosting a Thanksgiving cocktail/housewarming party on Wednesday evening, and I need ideas for festive, on-theme recipes that can stand up to sitting out for a few hours while people graze. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris to Food & Drink at 7:53 AM - 10 answers

What is Thanksgiving in Los Angeles like?

My wife and I (from Toronto) will be in Los Angeles all next week. Being Canadian, we only realized yesterday that this means we'll be there on Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by renderthis to Travel & Transportation at 5:54 AM - 15 answers

How do I cite this semi-published curriculum?

I'm doing final edits to my thesis and can't figure out how to cite a certain document. It is a Bible study curriculum intended for family use, but with no evident publisher. Thesis format: Turabian. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias to Writing & Language at 5:33 AM - 4 answers

Please help me convert a NAS into a hdd

The 3TB ex-NAS has been mounted as a new drive., but I only see ~350GB of that drive in windows. How do I convert/allocate/merge/discover the rest and make myself a big fat new hdd?? I've got EaseUS Partition Manager to help. [more inside]
posted by peacay to Computers & Internet at 5:09 AM - 10 answers

Advice on fresh vs. frozen turkeys, please

Trader Joe's near me is selling fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving, both regular and (hey!) pre-brined at a good price. But no reservations and when they're gone, they're gone. Is it too early to buy a fresh turkey? Any reason not to get the pre-brined one? (same price, $1.99 a pound). Are there any advantages to thawing a frozen turkey? Would I get a better bird going to the old school meat shop (Gartner's in Portland)? Thanks!
posted by msalt to Food & Drink at 1:56 AM - 14 answers

Why are the ages of cars always mentioned in Parker novels?

I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
posted by cthuljew to Grab Bag at 1:32 AM - 16 answers

November 20

Help me reverse engineer this allergy

Repeated allergic reaction to vegan restaurant's food items, please help me figure out what it was from. (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by SassHat to Health & Fitness at 6:46 PM - 18 answers

Song ID

ahhh, ooo oo aHH! ahhh, ooo oo aHH! There's a song that starts this way! I thought it was an M83 song but that doesn't seem to be the case. Any ideas?
posted by curious nu to Media & Arts at 6:21 PM - 26 answers

No really, what does umbers mean?

Basically Nora Reed's unanswered question in this comment from two years ago: what is the etymology of 'umbers', in the New Mexican idiolect? Will also accept explanations of 'a la v[e|ay]'. At some point I was told it was a not super minced version of something really profane, and I've never been able to work out what.
posted by PMdixon to Writing & Language at 3:36 PM - 8 answers

How can I give up on this business pursuit?

I met a visual artist two years ago whose work is very, very important to me. I set up a meeting with him because I work in the arts and my skills are complimentary to his. We planned to do a project together, so we spent a lovely day meeting and doing a bit of work together. But he immediately stopped communicating with me as soon as we parted ways. [more inside]
posted by BestCoaster to Human Relations at 3:03 PM - 14 answers

Looking for a coat to protect me against special snowflakes

I'm looking for a women's down coat that's longer than my hips but not down to my knees. Ideally it has a hood without a fur (fake or otherwise) trim. And it needs to be available in size 18ish. Where should I look that I haven't already? [more inside]
posted by lunasol to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:46 PM - 16 answers

How can I mount an index card to a business phone as a tiny sign?

I'd like to non-permanently mount a 3x5 index card onto a business-phone so that it faces the person using it. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse to Grab Bag at 2:40 PM - 10 answers

How do I not get the Smuggler's Blues?

I have four or five items that belong to me (worth a few hundred dollars each) that I'll be taking with me to Mexico. On my return, I want to leave them with my Mexican colleagues. How does this work with things like 'duty' and 'import' and all that? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser to Travel & Transportation at 1:55 PM - 6 answers

What bug is this?

I've seen them all summer this Seattle (eastside), in large quantities. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone to Science & Nature at 1:40 PM - 6 answers

Explain dilution to my boss

I'm preparing a report on a proposed open ocean fish farm, and am having trouble explaining particulate dilution rates to my boss. [more inside]
posted by kanewai to Science & Nature at 1:17 PM - 10 answers

Boyfriend doesn't want to live together. Am I deluding myself?

I have a darling boyfriend who I have been dating for 1.5 years. We are generally very happy (so much fun, so much in common, and very attracted to each other), and I love him. My lease is up, and he's decided that he's not ready to live together yet. Other people (especially my family) are giving me a hard time about it. How do I know if they're right? [more inside]
posted by socktothepuppet to Human Relations at 12:33 PM - 47 answers

Help me name my knitting blog

I have long wanted to start a knitting blog/website but need help naming it. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Computers & Internet at 12:32 PM - 23 answers

NY Health Exchange

Looking for information on some of the NY Exchange Plans (NYC) [more inside]
posted by AMyNameIs to Health & Fitness at 12:06 PM - 4 answers

Paying For A Ride in Straight Ca$h

I'm curious how those with a large amount of money at their disposal could go into a dealership and say "I'll take that one...now." [more inside]
posted by kuanes to Travel & Transportation at 10:56 AM - 51 answers

Well yes, sometimes.

There's a scene/quote, probably in a movie but maybe in a TV show, that I know I've seen a pile of times but can't place it. Guy asks a question then answers it with "the answer to that is 'yes, sometimes.'" Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag at 10:39 AM - 3 answers

Help Me Pick a Travel Laptop

I will be traveling internationally for two weeks and so I need to get a laptop to work on while I am gone. Please help me pick the best option. I am struggling between getting a dedicated laptop or something like the Surface Pro. [more inside]
posted by bove to Computers & Internet at 7:50 AM - 14 answers

Need kitchen and home color scheme ideas

Are there any books, magazines, or websites that might help the design-challenged pick colors during a complete kitchen remodel or new house construction? We'd like to be able to flip through pictures of various home interiors - most importantly the kitchen but also other rooms - to help us decide on the colors of our cabinets and floors. Google images hasn't been terribly useful.
posted by exhilaration to Home & Garden at 7:33 AM - 8 answers

The teensy tiniest little bit of additional sun party

I'm looking to explore developing a no-pressure easy-going family tradition of celebrating winter solstice. The main thing I'm trying to figure out is how to do a sunny yellow/orange cake to represent the sun, but am looking for other solstice-y 'let there be [more] light' ideas as well. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Food & Drink at 4:12 AM - 17 answers

low-tech mp3-playing device for people with limited use of hands?

I listen to a lot of podcasts that I know my mum would enjoy. But she can't/won't use a computer, doesn't have reliable internet, and she has arthritis that sometimes prevents her doing 'fiddly' things - e.g. scrolling a wheel on an ipod. Looking for a solution - details inside [more inside]
posted by AFII to Technology at 1:03 AM - 14 answers

Identify this gameboy advance game for me?

A game I played something like 2 decades ago, can you identify it? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:09 AM - 4 answers

November 19

Easy way to track page views when I can't install anything?

I write freelance. I get paid based on page views. I want to track my views on articles independently, not just rely on the numbers fed to me by clients that host the articles I write. I know I can use tracking pixels for this. I have spent hours hunting for third-party services that host the little 1x1 devils and generate usable reports. I am shocked at the lack of alternatives out there. [more inside]
posted by skypieces to Computers & Internet at 9:26 PM - 5 answers

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